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Texas Sues More School Districts Over Their Mask Policies (Sept. 16, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: The latest volley in the ongoing battle between state and local officials over mask mandates, how Houston shaped the legacy of Muhammad Ali, and a bird expert answers your questions.

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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to sue school districts across the state over their mask policies, accusing them of defying the governor’s executive order banning public schools and local municipalities from issuing their own mask mandates. We learn about this latest volley in the ongoing battle between state and local authorities amid the pandemic and what could happen going forward.

Also this hour: We discuss how Houston shaped the legacy of Muhammad Ali – both in and out of the boxing ring — with biographer Jonathan Eig, author of the book, Ali: A Life. Ali is the subject of a new four-part Ken Burns documentary that premieres Sunday night at 7 on Houston Public Media, TV 8.

Then, bird expert Richard Gibbons from Houston Audubon answers your questions.

And we revisit our 2020 conversation about how Texas shaped the life of musician Janis Joplin with biographer Holly George-Warren.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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